MATCH 2 (ECS21.877) SOUTHERN CRUSADERS (SOC) v MSIDA WARRIORS (MSW) 0930 GMT | 1030 CET | 1500 IST

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SOC Last Five Matches: W W W L L (Avg Score For 87, Avg Score Against 90) 

MSW Last Five Matches: L L NR NR L (Avg Score For 66, Avg Score Against 88) 

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SOUTHERN CRUSADERS (SOC)

Captain: Zeshan Yousaf

Wicketkeeper: Cindu Shanmuganathan

Projected Top Four: Sumair Khan,Ezhaq Masih,Zeshan Yousaf, Bilal Khan

Projected Opening Bowlers: Bilal Khan, Zeshan Yousaf

Spin Options: Jojo Thomas, Suhrid Roy

 

SOUTHERN CRUSADERS Key Players:

Bilal Khan, is one of the fastest bowlers in Malta with the ability to move the ball both ways. Proved economical with the ball at ECS Malta earlier in the year conceding at just 4.70 rpo and getting FIVE prized wickets. He can also contribute with pinch hitting abilities.

Jojo Thomas, right arm finger spinner, finished leading wicket taker for SOC at FanCode ECS Malta scalping 12 wickets in nine games with a best return of 3-4.

Zeshan Yousafall-rounder, big hitting opener, moves the ball both ways, contributed in every game in the previous edition scoring 99 runs and picking up FIVE wickets. He will be leading the side this time around. 

Lakshitha Senevirathana, the right arm medium pacer picked up eight wickets at FanCode ECS Malta earlier this year including his best ECS figures of 4-24 against Marsa.



MSIDA WARRIORS (MSW)

Captain: Shijil Joy

Wicketkeeper: Rockey Dainish

Projected Top Four: Sajith Sukumaran, Nandulal Sivan, Divyesh Kumar, Rahul Nair

Projected Opening Bowlers: Sajith Sukumaran, Basil Joy

Spin Options: Ashwin Paul

 

MSIDA WARRIORS Key Players:

Rahul Nair, star all-rounder, top run scorer for MSW in ECS Malta 2020 racking up 226 runs in eight innings. He also picked up FIVE wickets.

Basil Joy, right arm pacer, ended second highest wicket taker for MSW in ECS Malta 2020 scalping SIX wickets in six games.

Shijil Joy, right arm pacer, the skipper can bowl tidy spells in the middle overs, he scalped FOUR wickets at ECS Malta 2020 with a best return of 3-14. 

 

Southern Crusaders has been one of the consistent sides in Malta reaching the knockouts in both previous ECS events. Msida Warriors enjoyed a decent run in the ECS Malta 2020 finishing fourth. SOC will be keen to go the distance this time around while MSW will also look for a better showing.

 

Last time they met: MSW 72 def SOC 61 (27 Nov 2020)

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Match Prediction: Southern Crusaders (SOC) to make a fast start with a couple of wins.

 

 

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